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Ravens’ Mark Ingram makes an interesting observation about Giants RB Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley, Giants

The New York Giants have an elite running back in Saquon Barkley. But he could be better. The Giants are hoping that the addition of running backs coach Burton Burns to Joe Judge’s coaching staff will do just that.

Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram knows that the addition of Burns will only help the Giants star.

“Saquon is elite, and I think he’s going to be trying to add value to Saquon,” Ingram told the New York Post. “Obviously Saquon is special, and I think Coach Burns will give him tools that will help him be even more special. He’s just getting a coach who loves his players, who was very knowledgeable about the game of football, who understands the running back position, understands running backs’ eyes and knows how to teach running backs how to be an elite running back. He’s a great coach, great father figure and an asset to any organization because of the person he is.”

Burns coached Ingram at Alabama, where he won a Heisman Trophy and a national championship. He coached at Alabama from 2007 to 2017, developing a string of legendary running backs, including Ingram and Derrick Henry.

Burns retired after 2017, only for the Giants to get him back in the game. Surely coaching Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, played a part in coming out of retirement.

Barkley missed three games for the Giants in 2019 due to a high-ankle sprain. Despite so, he tallied 1,441 scrimmage yards and eight total touchdowns. He led the NFL as a rookie in scrimmage yards with 2,028.